Animal Shelter & Animal Control

The T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter provides service to Riley County, Pottawatomie County and the city of Manhattan.

The shelter does not provide service to the city of Riley, Junction City, Leonardville, Fort Riley or Ogden. There is an $80 surrender fee per animal from these areas.

Mission Statement
The mission of the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter and Animal Control is to protect public health, welfare and property through enforcement of city and county laws and sheltering of unwanted companion animals, providing public education on the care of companion animals, and promoting humane treatment and responsible pet ownership.

Volunteer Orientation
The T. Russell Reitz Regional Animal Shelter welcomes volunteers. For more information, contact the Animal Shelter at 785-587-2783 or email us.

Cat volunteers will work with cats to socialize and play with them as well as helping the public view and visit with cats. Cat volunteers will be asked to spend a majority of their time in our new cat facility. Dog volunteers will work to teach our dogs some basic manners before entering a home, give them daily exercise, and help the public view and visit with available dogs. Office volunteers will be trained to help our staff at the front desk by taking public questions and assisting with paperwork and daily duties throughout the day. 

Your application must be submitted, background check must be completed and fees must be paid prior to attending. Animal Shelter volunteers must be 18 years old and have no animal cruelty convictions. Please complete this volunteer application and background check.

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